Professor Finne came to Middlesex County College in 1999 after a 30 year career as an engineer. He graduated from Lehigh University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and followed this up with a MS in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University. He holds a New Jersey Professional Engineers license.
During his career Professor Finne worked as an engineer and in engineering management for several pharmaceutical companies. In these capacities he was responsible for the design and construction of several pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities as well as custom manufacturing equipment and systems. He was also responsible for overseeing the routine maintenance and some of the validation activities in these facilities. This was a rich area of engineering that required a broad range of engineering skills. He would consider himself a “Jack of all trades”. An engineer needs to be conversant in a wide range of technical areas.
At Middlesex County College Professor Finne teaches a broad range of courses, primarily Electrical Engineering Technology but also Physics and Computer Science. While at Middlesex he has earned additional graduate credits in Computer Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology. His favorite courses are Introduction to Microcomputers and Design and Manufacturing.
Professor Finne’s teaching approach tends to be “hands-on”. He is a tinker with skills in woodworking and some machine tool operation. He has a couple of antique cars, one for driving and one that he is restoring so these skills come in handy. He has mentored a FIRST Robotics team, Team 136 from Plainfield High School, for 10 years and has, hopefully, passed along some of his hands on design skills to these young students.